Wow, a year since I updated the website. You can guess the whys of it with the world being basically frozen or at least slowed by the Pandemic, Rally included. But, at least in our region, things are starting to feel like they’re coming back to normal!
After an abridged 2019-2020 season, the Bluenose Autosport Club’s RallyCross challenge returns on October 18th! You can get full details on their website, including full season schedule, here:
The 2019 Trout Lake Rally is coming up quick! This event will take place on October 5th and 6th but if you noticed the little asterix in the title there’s a bit of a twist. Due to road complications this years event will not be taking place on the traditional roads around Trout Lake in Middleton, NS. This year the event will be taking place in the usual rally stomping grounds of Kennetcook, NS near the Noel Shore. There will still be great rally action and perfect fall Nova Scotian roads to race, however!
If you’re interested in volunteering to get the best seat for all the action check out the Facebook Event or email TroutLakeRally@gmail.com for details! No experience is necessary and you’ll get the best seat in the house for the action!
This is the final Performance Rally in the region for 2019 so don’t miss out!
Supplemental regulations for next month’s Ledwidge Lookoff Rally are now available on the official website! Volunteers are always needed and this year will feature multiple spectator locations both on August 10th in Dartmouth and August 11th in Noel! Come get close to real rally action!
Holy crap, this one almost slipped past me. Mostly because I have the wrong date recorded on the Rally East webpage and I thought I’d missed it. Bad archivist!
Ten years ago we kick-started the life back into performance rally in Atlantic Canada. Up until that point there hadn’t been a stage run on our side of the country since 1992 and it was a pretty daunting task. Steve Quigley and Dana Nauss still had their car and had been travelling occasionally to Baie, NEFR and other events and Ian, Daphne and I had previously purchased a former nationally run Audi rally car that we had spent several years working the old-rally-car kinks out of in several seasons of rally cross and many cold evenings in my driveway in Bedford.
Ron McKenzie and the Bluenose Autosport Club had the vision to organize events where there were absolutely none and did immense amounts of leg work arranging roads and figuring out all the ins and outs of organizing a rally event and 10 years ago today two cars (Driven collectively 5 times) started the roads of Renfrew for the first rally event seen in our area in 17 years. Lots of lessons were learned that day. For us the big one was ‘Puckboard is NOT a sufficient skidplate for a rally stage’. RIP Aluminium Audi Oil pan. Thankfully we had a spare and there was no other damage and the Audi still continues to run our stages to this day in the hands of Jim Theriault.
These were humble beginnings and we’re still growing, but in the last 10 years I think we’ve all had some amazing times on both sides of the stages and I think we all owe everyone involved a round of applause. Rally takes an immense amount of effort and love and I for one am forever grateful to those who love the sport as much as I do for their time, dedication and passion.
Here’s to another decade of great stages, great friends and great community!
The 2019 edition of the BAC Blusenose TSD Rally will be held May 19th with registration opening at 11am at the Windsor Curling Club, 174 Gray Street in Windsor, NS. The route will consist of 174.91 km of roads, 27.6 km of which will be gravel. This event is suitable for teams of all experience levels and a novice school will be held at 12:30 for anyone new or interested in learning the ropes!
Grab a car and a friend with a pencil and come on out and give it a try!
Unfortunately due to the unexpected warm weather the RallyCross scheduled for this Sunday at Atlantic Motorsport Park has been CANCELLED. The lot just won’t hold up to the abuse unless its well frozen. See everyone at the next event on February 10th!
Seems like most of my updates lately are about my lack of updates, remember that there’s a very active RallyEast social community on Facebook where we talk rally and current rally events both local and international. Head on over and have a look if you’re not part of the group already!
In the meantime the Rally East events calendar has been updated with the dates for the 2018-2019 Bluenose Autosport Club‘s RallyCross series which got underway this past Sunday. All events are currently scheduled to take place in the Conrad Bros’ Quarry in Dartmouth this year but we hope to explore new lots or use the Atlantic Motorsport Park Back 40 as much possible this season. RallyCross is the cheapest form of high performance driving you can do! Find a cheap (but safe!) car, throw on the cheapest tires you can find and come get sideways!
The calendar has also been updated with the provisional dates for the 2019 BAC Rally series which will take place over 3 Performance Rally events.
The 2019 BAC Rally Championship will be bigger and better this year with new roads and bigger events. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, spectate or compete there’s a place for all rally fans! Check it out!
Join the Bluenose AutoSport Club on Saturday, October 13th as they host the 2018 Trout Lake Rally Car & Truck Show and community BBQ at the West Dalhousie Community Hall (657 Morse Rd, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia B0S 1C0). All proceeds of the BBQ go to support the West Dalhousie Community Hall.
Meet local performance rally teams and check out their fully equipped rally cars. ALSO, check out the Backcountry 4X4 club as they show off some of their rigs used to sweep the rally course. This family-friendly event is suitable for all ages. Come on out, support your local community, and meet some local talent.
Here is the schedule of events:
11:00 am: Competitor Registration
12:00 pm: Rally Car & Truck Show and Community BBQ
02:30 pm: Ceremonial start
Competitors: supplementary rules will be posted shortly, please refer to these for competitor-specific information.
Are you ready for rally action? The 2018 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally takes place this August 11th and 12th! Come by Conrad Brother’s Quarry in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on August 11th to meet all the rally teams and view the first stages of the rally from a prime elevated viewing location where you can see almost the entire competition from one location! For details check out the Ledwidge Lookoff Website and the Spectator Stages Facebook Event! See you there!